The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

Sat 21 Jul 2018 | 9pm | £7 or 3 shows for £15 | 16+ | Running time: 60 mins

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The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People

Rhys Slade-Jones

In Treherbert rugby club, amongst the fag smoke and the singing, Rhys’ parents fell in love.

Rhys has never fallen in love, but he thinks it’s a nice thing to do because thats what his Mam said. It’s all in her diary. Rhys has read it all.

In 1977, while listening to David Cassidy in a bedroom decorated with Jackie posters, Rhys’s Mam wrote about a first date, a first kiss and a first weekend away. This diary is Rhys’s history from a small town in the Rhondda Valley™.

The Land of My Fathers and Mothers and Some Other People is an all-singing, all-dancing re-enactment of what Rhys’s Mam wrote down 40 years ago. This frenzied one-man cabaret mixes stand-up, dance and good old-fashioned singalong to breathe life into his Mam’s stories, and bring Treherbert rugby club back to life.

This show about valley life celebrates the best bits of being part of small, claustrophobic, meddling, loving, nosey community in South Wales. Rhys catapults his audience back to the hot summer of 1977 – where everyone was wearing polyester and dancing to Donna Summer. This show transports you to a time and place where Rhys isn’t from, and neither are you, so it’s kinda a fairytale, but set in a rugby club. 

‘Slade-Jones’ style is nearly impossible to pin down.  It’s a deconstructed drag show, drawing on Vaudeville, autobiographical theatre and stand-up comedy.  It is energetic, bold, with a high physical energy.’

Venue: Exeter Phoenix Voodoo Lounge

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